GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – While no one is likely to be upset to see mosquitoes go, Sunday's aerial spraying in parts of 14 Western Michigan counties has raised concerns for bees and butterflies.  In
the plan is to use an ultra-low insecticide concentration called Merus 3.0.
An Illinois-based manufacturer says the spray is Pyrethrum, the extract claims
from the flower head of the chrysanthemum plant. That
It is expected to be sprayed with an aircraft traveling approximately 175 km (300 km)
above, delivering about a tablespoon of the active ingredient over an acre.
While treatment is expected to be about 85% effective in killing mosquitoes, health officials have acknowledged that the spray can harm bees that come in direct contact with it.
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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says it has an impact on
bees will be minimal, beekeepers like Betsy O'Neal are on edge.
I just worry more about the residual effects – what will happen in the morning, what will come in, "she said.
O & # 39; Neill
has hives in Caledonia and grows bees and collects honey for
about five years. She takes an organic approach that she calls a "professional."
worried about bees and butterflies as well as bats that eat insects
and the impact on the water they drink.
what we want to go to first is people. But as humans, we need all this
an integral part of nature and it is there for a purpose, "she explained.
The Michigan beekeeping community urged its members to contact them on Friday
health departments at state and local level.
employees did their best to reduce fears, highlighting the organic nature of
a mosquito spray is used and the extremely low dose they will be given
it is dispersed in the air as it falls and poses no risk to humans and animals.
is not something you see on TV or out in rural communities – culture
powder for agricultural pesticides. It's different, "said William Nettleton, medical officer for Kalamazoo and Calhoun
the application is not expected to affect the bees. Like most insecticides,
Merus 3.0 can be harmful to bees if they come in direct contact
insecticide administration will occur after dusk when bees are expected
in your hive, Kalamazoo County Health
Officer Jim Rutherford emphasized
O & # 39; Neal
understands the act of balancing human health and she appreciates it
the fact that spraying is done from dusk until dawn, when you usually have bees
But she is still considering safeguards.
I will probably close my bees in their hives. We will place a small screen above their entrance and
keep them for a few days, "she said.
officials say beekeepers can use wet insurgency to cover bee enclosures
MDHHS has told homeowners the spray
zone can be canceled by sending your names and full postal address to firstname.lastname@example.org to
at least 48 hours before spraying begins.
However, the state's health service warned that it was giving up
would reduce the overall effectiveness of treatment and reversing neighbors
the denial zone will not reduce the number of mosquitoes.